Our students recognise that they have a role in serving their immediate communities with their time, skills and talents.

Students in Our Lady of Sion School are building strong and lasting relationships with the residents of local Nursing Homes.

This project is being driven by our young people and it is delightful to observe them forging such strong links with the residents through chatting together, offering musical performances and reading poetry.

In the Junior School, the children regularly visit the residents of neighbouring St Mary’s Care Home, sharing stories, songs and pictures. The children have built wonderful friendships during these sessions and their visits are much appreciated by the residents. When the children are unable to visit, they send letters and pictures for St Mary’s to enjoy.

In the Senior School, a group of our children spend time after school talking with senior citizens of local care homes and sharing their experiences of the school day.  Relationships develop and friendships are deepening as our students interact so effectively with the residents.  They pick up on previous conversations and, of course, they hear great wisdom from them too.

We have recently explored the NCS programme and our Year 11 and 12 students have positively engaged with this. National Citizen Service (NCS) has offered our students the chance to embark on exhilarating challenges that will enable them to make their mark and build skills for work and life. More than 200,000 young people have already joined the programme and we are thrilled that our students have taken up this opportunity to work together to positively impact their own communities.

The Chanctonbury Community Playscheme (CCPS) has been in existence some 32 years and was founded by a group of mothers of ‘Children with Mental and Physical Disabilities’ who got together to provide desperately needed respite care for their children and others like them in the school holidays.  Our students continue to support the scheme and offer their time and talents to serve the children at different times during the summer holiday.

Year 7 students have formed the Ambassadors Club.  Students from Year 7 have formed a group that focuses on the transition of Year 6 students who will be coming into our Senior School in the near future. The Ambassadors visit the Year 6 students in our Junior School and other settings to inform them about the School and to ensure that the transition is smooth and any concerns/anxiety are abated.  The Ambassadors meet the new intake during the Induction Day in August (during their summer holiday) so that the new students meet people that they can turn to if they have questions or any worries when they first join the school.